Parts of Speech: The Adverb

My favorite author, Stephen King, discusses the use of adverbs in his book, ‘On Writing.’ He says, and I quote, ‘Adverbs are not your friends.’ He goes on to say that the use of adverbs is for lazy writers. Too many adverbs will weaken your sentences and have you falling into passive voice. (We willContinue reading “Parts of Speech: The Adverb”

Parts of Speech: The Verb

All About Verbs I think that most of us are more than aware that ‘Verbs are ‘doing’ words.’ They show action, a state of being, or express time. We have present, past, and future tense. For most of us, we covered the basics in our grammar classes. He eats. (Present tense) He ate. (Past tense)Continue reading “Parts of Speech: The Verb”

Parts of Speech: The Adjective

First, let’s cover an adjective the way most of us learned it in school. All About Adjectives An adjective is a word that describes a noun. There are two kinds of adjectives: attributive and predicative. Attributive The attributive stands next to a noun and describes it.  The usual place of the adjective is in front of theContinue reading “Parts of Speech: The Adjective”

Parts of Speech: the Pronoun

Here is the definition we were given back in the 5th Grade: Pronouns are substitutes for nouns, taking the place of nouns that precede or follow them.Examples: I, hers, myself, who. Now, that we are using these words in our writing, we need to have a deeper understanding. There are four types of pronouns: Personal pronouns indicate a personContinue reading “Parts of Speech: the Pronoun”

Parts of Speech: The Noun

All About Nouns Most of us can remember the basic definition we learned in early Grammar classes. A noun is a naming word. It identifies people, places, or things. However, we may not always remember that there are four types of nouns: 1.   Common Nouns Common nouns are names given to ordinary objects.They can beContinue reading “Parts of Speech: The Noun”

Grammar and Your Writing

During the three years I’ve been blogging, I’ve written several items on Grammar, but I’d like to start from scratch with this new series. I’d like to go out on a limb and venture to say that many of us begin writing stories when we’re young. We move through school learning the basics of languageContinue reading “Grammar and Your Writing”

ANNOUNCEMENT – Classes Starting on September 20th!

Hurry – class size is limited to SIX! As I continue my journey to help writers and artists prepare work for inclusion in either the ‘2021 Indie Authors’ Mystery Anthology,’ OR the ‘2022 Indie Authors’ Short Story Anthology,’ I’ve learned more about short stories than I thought I would. While I developed my checklist forContinue reading “ANNOUNCEMENT – Classes Starting on September 20th!”

One Way to Create the Characters for your Story

Developing characters for any piece of fiction is both challenging and fun. Where else do you get to build a person from the ground up? As a writer, you can create these characters to be likable or not. They can be handsome/beautiful, rich/poor – whatever WORKS for your story. Some of us are lucky enoughContinue reading “One Way to Create the Characters for your Story”

Some Tips on Writing a Mystery/Crime story

As the deadline for submissions to the 2021 Indie Authors’ Mystery/Crime Anthology draws near, here are a few tips for those who are struggling with the concept and deadline. Your story could fall into one of the following categories: 1.    Mystery fiction includes police procedurals, private detective, and cozy mysteries. A crime has already been committed (usually aContinue reading “Some Tips on Writing a Mystery/Crime story”

One way to Rewrite Dialogue and Make it Stronger

As writers, we all know that one of the most important elements of our short stories is the dialogue between our characters. Readers can learn a lot about the characters when dialogue is used as a tool. The following steps are ONE WAY that I use to edit any sections of dialogue in my stories:Continue reading “One way to Rewrite Dialogue and Make it Stronger”